Coping When Someone You Love Dies — Yvonne Ortega

As Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations approach, the loss of loved ones can feel especially painful. Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Degler interviews author and counselor, Yvonne Ortega, about losing her mother and son within weeks of one another. Yvonne offers helpful tips for coping with grief after losing multiple loved ones. This podcast is also excellent listening for anyone who wants to be a better comforter to those who grieve.

Yvonne Ortega’s Additional Resource Recommendations:


  • Life After the Death of My Son by Dennis L. Apple
  • Roses in December by Marilyn Willett Heavilin (lost 3 sons)
  • Understanding Your Grief by Alan D, Wolfelt, PhD (Author, educator, and grief counselor, known across America for his compassionate messages about healing in grief)
  • The Understanding Your Grief Journal by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • Words of Comfort for Times of Loss by Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison


  • (A Grieving Person’s Prayer)

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